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OpenSDS Launches ZEALAND Release, Providing Unified SDS Controller Framework and API

By February 23, 2018Announcement

OpenSDS Launches ZEALAND Release,

Providing Unified SDS Controller Framework and API


In collaboration with other global open-source communities, OpenSDS has launched the first release of its software codenamed “ZEALAND,” which provides users and developers with a service-oriented and software-defined storage (SDS) controller framework and standard APIs

SAN FRANCISCO, January 5, 2018 — The OpenSDS community has announced the release of the first OpenSDS software, codenamed “ZEALAND,” which provides a unified framework and APIs for end-to-end software-defined storage controller solutions. OpenSDS ZEALAND comprises two internal projects: Hotpot, the Controller Project, and Sushi, the Northbound Plugin Project. The Hotpot project provides users and developers with block storage service, which supports basic lifecycle management of volume/snapshot/attachment, discovery and registration of different types of storage systems, scheduling to storage backend by customer-defined profiles and more. The Sushi project provides the dynamic provisioner and FlexVolume plug-ins for Kubernetes.

“In the past, storage systems were difficult to manage, and users needed to rely on highly specialized storage administrators,” noted Steven Tan, chair of the OpenSDS TSC and Chief Architect at Huawei responsible for SDS planning and strategies. “This is finally changing, thanks to continuing efforts by storage vendors to make storage systems easier to use. However, the entire storage industry now faces new challenges brought on by cloud-enabled, service-driven development. To address these challenges, OpenSDS is improving the usability of existing storage by abstracting complex storage features so that they integrate seamlessly into cloud-native frameworks such as Kubernetes. This benefits our customers as advanced storage services can be easily enabled in a variety of cloud scenarios, regardless of whether they are using private, hybrid, or public clouds.”

What’s Next for OpenSDS

The OpenSDS community is preparing to start to work on its next version – OpenSDS ARUBA. The current release reflects the real-life requirements of the core members of the OpenSDS EUAC (End-User Advisory Committee). OpenSDS will also continue to work with other projects, such as OpenStack Cinder and Manila, as well as CNCF Container Storage Interface (CSI) to launch joint solutions. OpenSDS ARUBA is expected to be released in June, 2018. It provides a number of key storage service capabilities such as array and host-based replication, group snapshots and replication, and more plug-ins to support the northbound ecosystem.

“OpenSDS brings policy based, self-service storage provisioning and orchestration, which is ideal not only for cloud-native applications, but also fits well with traditional data centers and clouds,” said Rakesh Jain, an Architect and Researcher with IBM and vice-chair of the OpenSDS TSC. “We are working with various large users  to identify their pain points and addressing them in an open manner. The Zealand release is just a small step, we are well on our way to execute on the published roadmap to make storage as pain free as possible, in coordination with other open source projects.”

“The movement toward self-managed scalable infrastructure is firmly established in the industry and provides substantial improvement in operational efficiency for adopters. Achieving this vision requires revisiting nearly all aspects of data-center operations. The cross-vendor and cross-environment management capabilities provided by OpenSDS overcomes major barriers to adoption in existing data centers by allowing the unification of today’s virtual machine-oriented operating environments while anticipating the next generation of container-oriented operating environments” remarked Allen Samuels, R&D Engineering Fellow at Western Digital and member of OpenSDS TSC

About the OpenSDS Community

OpenSDS is the world’s first open source community centering on software-defined storage. It is dedicated to providing unified SDS controller framework and APIs for cross-cloud workloads. Currently, OpenSDS is supported by a number of leading storage vendors and carriers including Huawei, IBM, Hitachi, Dell EMC, Fujitsu, Western Digital, Vodafone, Yahoo! Japan, and NTT Communications.

The OpenSDS community welcomes anyone who is interested in helping to build the open standard for software-defined storage. It embraces suggestions and proposals from the open community members and developers, who help build comprehensive SDS solutions and API standards.

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